Salvador “Sal” Simao is the Regional Managing Partner for the Northeast and the founder and Managing Partner of Ford Harrison’s New Jersey office. As the chair of the firm’s Wage Hour Practice Group, Sal serves as a strategic partner to several Fortune 500 companies assisting them in managing and reducing Wage Hour related risks.
Sal has successfully litigated and provided strategic and creative advice related to various employment matters on a nationwide basis. He is particularly knowledgeable in both federal and state wage and hour concerns and has litigated some of the firm’s most complex wage and hour matters.
As a litigator, Sal defends employers on all types of employment matters, with an emphasis on representing employers in wage and hour and equal pay class actions. Earlier in his career, Sal was a Trial Attorney with the Office of the Solicitor of the DOL. During his time with the DOL, he litigated a number of novel and high profile wage and hour cases, including one of the first successful prosecutions related to vertical integration of multiple companies. While at the DOL, Sal won several awards including multiple Secretary Exceptional Achievement Awards and was the youngest attorney at the time to win the Attorney of the Year award.
Sal also co-chairs the international practice group of Ius Laboris, the global human resources law firm alliance of which FordHarrison is the sole U.S. member. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Motor Truck Association and has an industry specialization in the logistics and transportation industry.